If I write, "A honest mistake," am I making an honest mistake?

Which is correct: a honest or an honest?

I understand the rule is that you use 'a' before a consonant and 'an' before a vowel. But when speaking I would guess that most people would place 'an' before honest. Is there something more to the rule?
New Member05
Yes, there's more to it. We use "a" before a consonant sound and "an" before a vowel sound.

The "h" in honest is silent (not pronounced), so we say "an honest man".

Other examples:

a university, a unique plan, an hour

I hope this helps.
New Member46
Anonymous:
It seems too late but better be late than never n' nothing.

It is 'an honest' and not 'a honest',

because the sound of 'honest' in utterance is just like a vowel 'an onest'.

Other example is :

'an hour' not 'a hour'

We do not look at what character comes after a/an but what sound comes after it.

Let'stake a look at the noun phrase 'a university'. The fisrt character is a vowel but we do not say ' an university'

because the sound of 'U' in 'University' is 'yu', it is a sound of consonant, therefore we do not say 'an university but 'a university'. Thanks.
Anonymous:
Emotion: smile That was extremely helpful - thank you!
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